Monday Pirate Reading

April 13, 2009

Both links from Liberty & Power, an excellent web log.

You are Being Lied to About Pirates:

Did we expect starving Somalians to stand passively on their beaches, paddling in our nuclear waste, and watch us snatch their fish to eat in restaurants in London and Paris and Rome? We didn’t act on those crimes – but when some of the fishermen responded by disrupting the transit-corridor for 20 percent of the world’s oil supply, we begin to shriek about “evil.” If we really want to deal with piracy, we need to stop its root cause – our crimes – before we send in the gun-boats to root out Somalia’s criminals.

Piracy, the Free Markets Solution:

What is the alternative to do-it-yourself security? There are plenty of people who are saying that the only long-range solution is to go in and “fix” Somalia. I think these are the same people who “fixed” Iraq, Afganistan, and Vietnam. Remember them? They are much, much more dangerous than the pirates. If they have their way, they will take far more lives and destroy far more treasure. Come to think of it, they already have.

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